Bringing New Netherland Back to Breuckelen: Exploring Brooklyn's Dutch Roots

Bringing New Netherland Back to Breuckelen: Exploring Brooklyn's Dutch Roots

New Netherland Institute


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Friday - $75

Saturday - $75

Both Friday & Saturday - $125 

For the third time in as many summers, the New Netherland Institute is taking New Netherland "on the road." This year, in partnership with the Old Stone House, we are visiting New York City's most populous borough.

FRIDAY: 7:00–8:30 pm

Enjoy drinks, including a delicious punch prepared with Batavia-Arrack—the seventeenth-century spirit originally imported to the West by the Dutch East India Company (VOC)—as well as hors d'oeuvres in the OSH garden prepared by Jason Novick-Finder, the chef/owner of Gristmill—a Park Slope farm to table restaurant featuring foods prepared in a wood fired grill. 

A talk by Island at the Center of the World author Russell Shorto titled "Old and New Amsterdam" will begin at 7:30 pm.


SATURDAY: 9:00am–4:00pm

Registration - coffee & pastries 

9:00 am
Welcome & Context 
Kim Maier, OSH Executive Director
William Parry, PhD., OSH Board Member
Steve McErleane, New Netherland Institute

"The Dutch Golden Age and New Netherland"
Russell Shorto

New Netherland's Major Settlements 
Dennis Maika, New Amsterdam and western Long Island
Janny Venema, Beverwijck and Rensselaerswijck
Charles Gehring, the South River

Panel: "The Past, Present, and Future of New Netherland Scholarship"
Dennis Maika
Charles Gehring
Janny Venema
Andrea Mosterman

12:00-12:30: Lunch
Classic Italian deli sandwiches, including vegetarian options, green and pasta salads, cookies, coffee/tea/soda/water

"Forgotten Residents: Brooklyn's Black Population"
Andrea Mosterman

"East and West on the East River, circa 1650 to 1720"
Len Tantillo

"Digging Breuckelen: The View from Archaeology"
Diana Wall & Anne-Marie Cantwell

Panel: New Netherland through public sites
Kamau Ware (Black Gotham Experience)
Melissa Branfman (Wyckoff House Museum)
John Krawchuk (The Historic House Trust of New York City)
Steven Jaffee (Museum of the City of New York)

End at 4pm